BTS Profiles: Jake Norbut

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Through 2018, we wanted to highlight the people behind the name. These are the ones applying their knowledge, dedicating their time and investing their money in Blue Trading Systems. We invite you to learn more about the people building the solutions.


Jake Norbut
What is your name, title and responsibilities at Blue Trading Systems?
Jacob Norbut, Software Engineer these days, but as my partner Taha Afzal mentioned, we all wear many hats here at BTS. I’m currently working on various facets of our client GUI for our new futures platform, BTS Spark. Prior to my move to a more development-focused role, I trained and managed our operations staff, as well as was responsible for all client onboarding.

How did you get into this field of derivatives trading? Trader or technologist?
Technologist. Out of college I was working outside of the trading industry as an SAP consultant. I got a call from Kevin one day (we’ve been friends since the 7th grade and were college roommates) and he mentioned Blue Capital Group was about to deploy an electronic trading system and they needed an operations leader who could understand the trading system from top to bottom. I met with the team, and the rest as they say, is history.

From your perspective, can you describe the relationship between BTS and its clients?
From my days manning our support desk, I can tell you first-hand that we value each and every relationship. Whether it’s a call to help onboard a new trader in your organization, or you have a feature you’d like to see us incorporate in a future release, we’re eager to work with you.

How has BTS evolved since you started at the company?
We’ve really grown into a family over the years; there’s not a week that goes by where I haven’t interacted with every single member.

What is your favorite piece of advice regarding trading, technology, the markets, leadership?
Regardless of where you are in your career path, continuing education should be a life-long endeavor; this is especially true in any technology-related field.

Mantis Shrimp
Mantis Shrimp
If you had to pick, what animal would you be and why?
A mantis shrimp since it has the most sophisticated eyes of any animal - humans only have 3 kinds of light receptors but mantis shrimp have around 10. Also, mantis shrimp have a mean punch.

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